How the Victorian press covered the story


What Became of the Family?


William's father, Joseph, died the following May (1888) at Silk Hall Farm, Tockholes.

In 1891 William was still farming at Earnsdale Farm with his children Isaac (17), Margaret (16), Mary (14), Ellen (13), Elizabeth (10), William (7) and Esther Hannah (4). Isaac was described as "farmer's son"; Margaret and Mary were "cotton weavers."

William's mother, Margaret, 86, died in December 1894 at 9 Hamilton St. Blackburn. She had been living with her brother William Jackson, 76, and his wife Susannah, 73, since before 1891.

Esther and fianceBy 1896, when his daughter Margaret married William Entwistle, William Garner was living at Preston Street, Darwen and was described as an agricultural labourer.

By 1901 William Garner was 56 and living at The Royal Oak Inn, Tockholes, working as an agricultural labourer. Living with him were his son William (17), a labourer in a tin shop, and daughters Elizabeth (20) and Esther (14), cotton weavers.

In 1919 a William Garner was on the electoral register at Hollinshead Street, Tockholes, Darwen.

In 1926 (6 April) William Garner (85) died at 129 Haslingden Road, Blackburn (Workhouse?). Cause of death was senility and cardiac failure. Home address was 17 Queen Street, Darwen. Informant was son-in-law William Entwistle of Woodside Bank, Darwen (my grandfather).

The baby, Esther Hannah, survived until 1957. She and her fiancé, William Entwistle, are shown in this 1907 photograph standing behind her eldest sister Margaret and her husband William Entwistle and their children in the orchard at Higher Wood Farm, Darwen (also known as "Th' Hagg Farm"). Esther and William married in about 1909.